Filipino teachers knew what they were getting into when they signed up

May 10, 2012

It's amazing that in a city, state and nation where families have been massively uprooted by the economic downturn, your paper puts the "plight" of Filipino children on the front page below the fold ("Limbo for children of Filipino teachers," May 8).

Where was your concern when we had to uproot and separate our family by half a continent for the sake of employment? You ask what "legal explanation can justify the disruption of a [foreign] child's life," yet express little concern for the disruptions experienced by tax-paying citizens.

Didn't the foreign staff who were recruited know what they were being offered? Were the opportunities misrepresented?

It's a sad school system that cannot recruit from the numerous graduating classes in this education rich area.

Perhaps someone could win a journalism award defining exactly what the local school board was doing that required us to import teachers and invite these situations.

And now that the teacher shortage has been "abated," is it such a terrible thing that these people can go home to their country? Spare me stories of their "plight." There are far too many struggling American citizens to get upset about.

Pati Hough Bader

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